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Definition of 'lean'


  1. the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical; "the tower had a pronounced tilt"; "the ship developed a list to starboard"; "he walked with a heavy inclination to the right"
       Synonyms: tilt list inclination leaning


  1. to incline or bend from a vertical position; "She leaned over the banister"
       Synonyms: tilt tip slant angle
  2. cause to lean or incline; "He leaned his rifle against the wall"
  3. have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined; "She tends to be nervous before her lectures"; "These dresses run small"; "He inclined to corpulence"
       Synonyms: tend be given incline run
  4. rely on for support; "We can lean on this man"
  5. cause to lean to the side; "Erosion listed the old tree"
       Synonyms: list


  1. lacking excess flesh; "you can't be too rich or too thin"; "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare
       Synonyms: thin
       Antonyms: fat
  2. lacking in mineral content or combustible material; "lean ore"; "lean fuel"
       Antonyms: rich
  3. containing little excess; "a lean budget"; "a skimpy allowance"
       Synonyms: skimpy
  4. not profitable or prosperous; "a lean year"

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